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Saturday, June 12, 2004
Another Hero You Should Know

Meet Adam Sikes

With bullets flying and rockets exploding around him, Marine Staff Sgt. Adam Sikes charged into the enemy's lair alone and armed with only a rifle and grenades.

That daring effort saved the lives of men in Sikes' platoon, for which the 27-year-old Lake Zurich High School graduate was awarded a Silver Star, the third most distinguished medal for gallantry.

He is one of the first Marines involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom to receive the award. The U.S. Marine Corps has so far awarded only a handful of Silver Star medals during the war, officials said.

Unfortunately I could not locate a photo online. But he has our gratitude.
Thursday, June 10, 2004
The Greatest Yankee of All Time--Revisited

A friend and reader asked that I look again at the Yankees. I'll admit, I was not doing a terribly scientific job when I picked Yogi. I thought, well, Mantle had his great years, but he was injured a lot and Ruth played 7 years or so in Boston, so his entire career as a pitcher and about a year of his career as an outfielder are erased, and Dimaggio had a relatively short career partially because of the war, so the other great guys are gone, right? And my friend said, what about Gehrig?

The short answer is that the Yankees have of course a great competition for the title of the greatest of all time.

I used 1700 games played as a Yankee, a very high standard. Fourteen players have donned the pinstripes in MDCC contests, and they are for the most part the players you think of when you think of the Yankees--Mantle, Gehrig, Berra, Ruth, Roy White, Bill Dickey, Mattingly and Dimaggio. The guys just behind are not bad--Randolph, Crosettie, Rizzuto, Lazzeri and Bernie Williams all have over 1600 games, but they're just not credible candidates.

Ruth Barely misses leading the Yankees all-time in RBI, with 1,971 runners plated compared to Gehrig's 1,995. Mantle and Dimaggio are both around 1500. Ruth leads by a larger margin though in Runs Scored, with 1,959, first among Yankees to Gehrig's 1,888, and Mantle's 1,677 and Berra's 1,174.

You look at the sluggers and it's hard to avoid Ruth. These guys were all great, but Ruth had more runs and RBI combined than any of them, while accounting for fewer batting outs Gehrig is his only comp as a hitter, with 3883 combined runs and RBI compared to the Bambino's 3930. But Ruth made about 4700 outs at the plate, while Gehrig made almost 5300. Mantle can't compete against those two--he accounted for about 5700 outs while scoring and driving in 3186. Great numbers but not enough for this derby.

So it boils down to Ruth and Berra--they are different enough players that Berra can at least claim to hold his own as a far superior defensive stalwart.

But that's for tomorrow, as is the weeding down of the Yankee pitchers.
Monday, June 07, 2004
An Interview with Mr Berg

Bill at InDC Journal continues to impress with his great posts. Today he writes of his attendance at an International ANSWER rally against the war, and his opportunity to interview Michael Berg, the father of the young man who was beheaded by Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq.

Interestingly, Mr Berg finds the time to express anger at the Bush Administration for violating his son's civil rights, and for NOT violating his son's civil rights:

"These men purposely sped up their hate train when they saw Nick lying on the track, however, I have to hold the Bush administration accountable for denying my son his civil rights for the 13 days of his illegal detention. If they were going to take illegal action, instead of violating the heart of the Constitution of the United States of America, why didn’t they just illegally deport him from Iraq and let us prove who he was at home? Their callous behavior, in effect, tied him to the track until it was no longer possible to escape that speeding hate train."

Just as a note, the official story is that Nick Berg was held by Iraqi authorities, although he was interviewed by the FBI while in custody.
Sunday, June 06, 2004
Reagan's Death to Help Bush?

This story was pretty tasteless.

And get this bizarre quote from Willie Brown:

"They're going to try their best to get (Reagan) to lie in state in New York, to try and divert attention from the product they're trying to sell,'' Brown said. "They're going to try to sell the Reagan legacy as the product you're voting for. They're going to try to push Bush into the casket."


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